Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies’ Prof. Kerry Lynn Nankivell recently wrote an Op/Ed on “The Strategist, the Lawyer and the South China Sea” for The Diplomat.

In the article, she compares articles written by two leading experts in South China Sea disputes. Dr. Sam Bateman, a retired commodore of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Commander Jonathan Odom, judge advocate general (JAG), former oceans policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and current military professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies.

She states that “Both Odom and Bateman make an important contribution to understanding the circumstance unfolding, though their arguments only relate to each other indirectly. This failure to communicate reflects the shrinking space for dialogue in the U.S.-China relationship itself, which sometimes rehearses the same arguments.”

This opinion piece is available online at http://thediplomat.com/2015/12/the-strategist-the-lawyer-and-the-south-china-sea/

The views expressed are the author’s own and do not reflect those of the Department of Defense, the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, or U.S. Government.